Demand for iMedia Skills Continues to Grow

You’ve probably started to notice the shift. #iMedia17 has shared details about projects, offered insight about class assignments, and now, students are preparing for the end of their 10-month graduate school journeys. With just a little more than two months left before graduation, the job search is on and the pace for life after iMedia will be soon be set for these budding professionals.

And there’s a lot to look forward to. A quick internet search sheds light on how much digital and creative skills are in demand in a wide range of industries. Look further and you’ll learn more about the benefits of working in digital careers, key skills needed and the most sought-after job titles.

With help from CNNMoney and Payscale, let’s take a peek at a few iMedia-friendly positions and the job outlook of each. In the Best Jobs in American 2017 list, these sources highlight the “top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.” Here are 10 jobs from the list that are popular among iMedia graduates.

               JOB  MEDIAN PAY 10-YEAR JOB GROWTH
#1 – Mobile Applications Developer $97,100 19%
#14 – Webmaster $61,200 27%
#26 – Community Relations Manager $63,600 10%
#30 – Brand Manager $89,800 9%
#42 – Social Media Manager  $57,400 9%
#47 – Front End Developer/Engineer $81,000 27%
#56 – Videographer $49,600 12%
#57 – User Interface Designer $73,800  27%
#68 – Content Strategist $84,400 19%
#99 – User Experience Designer $85,900 13%

Visit CNNMoney for the complete list. For more about the Elon M.A. in Interactive Media program, visit elon.edu/imedia.

 

From Surviving Digital Bootcamp to Thriving in the Fall Semester

Entering into week 4 of the fall semester, it is hard to believe how far we have all come since the beginning of August!

As new iMedia students, we were put through a grueling three-week Digital Media Workshop (also known as bootcamp), during the month of August – I would be lying if I said that it was all rainbows and butterflies. However, you literally hit the ground running and I can assure you, that is the best (and busiest) three weeks of your life.

For 4 of the 5 days each week, you are in one of three sections (switching to a new section each week), with three days of learning and a final on the 4th day. Trust me, this final you are fully prepared for!

  • Graphic Design
  • Photography & Video Production
  • Web Development & Design

Also, during these three weeks, you are divided up into groups to complete a bootcamp final project consisting of assignments we have learned over the past three weeks:

  • A logo (created in Adobe Illustrator)
  • A video (created mainly in Adobe Premiere)
  • An animation (created in Adobe AfterEffects)
  • A website – that we code in our group and include each of the above projects

GroupPic.jpgFor my groups’ bootcamp project, we chose to express our personal creativity and comment on the “bootcamp” experience by spoofing the beloved Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. With such an upbeat and fun project, we were able to demonstrate the variety of new skills we have learned while conveying the positive outlook that we have on the upcoming semester. All twenty-six students in this program deserve our sincerest recognition and gratitude, as we will continue to learn from and lean on each other as we accomplish our goals and truly become THE BEST of Powell-Air. Be sure to view our website for The Best of Powell Air!

You may wonder how what the point of the Digital Media Workshop is or how it prepares you for the fall semester? The answer is simple. Everything you learn in “bootcamp” is either a new concept or an in-depth review of something you may have learned in the past. Regardless, you work with the best professors and learn much more than you ever though possible in the short time of three weeks.